The Discontinued Lexus CT200h Is Actually Updated for 2018

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain

This is not the Lexus CT200h that was sold in the United States for seven model years.

This is the updated 2018 Lexus CT200h.

Lexus’ U.S. operations no longer wishes to bother with the CT, so 2017 is the end of the line for the hybrid hatch in America. But Lexus’ local discontinuation of the CT comes just in time for Lexus to update the CT200h for other markets.

As in the U.S., the Lexus CT200h is not long for this world in other markets, either. But at the end of its tenure, Lexus designers added mesh to the grille, integrating spindle shapes into the spindle grille, and added more chrome to the foglight surrounds. The taillights are now more in line with other Lexus products, and the rear bumper has more distinguishable tall and wide outlets in the corners.

Inside, the center screen now measures 10.3 inches. Interior fabrics come in a wider range of colors. Pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise, lane departure warning, and auto high beams. Unfortunately, Lexus did not upgrade the CT200h’s powertrain, so it’s still producing only 134 horsepower. Meanwhile, in the UK, Lexus increased the price by £910 because of the equipment upgrades.

None of these changes bring meaningful improvements to the CT range, but in corners of the world where small and efficient vehicles make up a far greater share of the luxury market, not having an entry in this sector would be far more of a problem than in the United States. Based on the UX Concept from the Paris auto show last year, it’s likely that a crossover will be the real replacement for the CT200h, Autocar reports, though likely not for another 18-24 months.

Back in the U.S., Lexus will finish off its clear-out of remaining CTs by selling fewer than 5,000 copies in 2017. This will be the compact Lexus hybrid’s third consecutive year of sharp decline. Fewer than 100,000 CTs have been sold in America since its 2011 launch. Lexus sells more than 100,000 copies of its RX every year.

[Images: Toyota Motor Corp.]

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and and the founder and former editor of Follow on Twitter @timcaincars and Instagram.

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  • Kwong Kwong on Oct 18, 2017

    My brother was probably the last person in the world who would buy a Prius/CT, but he did just that. His previous cars were a 96 BMW 328, 04 M3, & 09 X3, but he got tired of the cost of ownership and realized his commute around Boston has him driving at an average speed of 10mph. He loves to hate his CT, but it's saved him so much coin and he goes to the gas station 66% less frequently. He paid about $15K for a used F Sport.

  • Flybrian Flybrian on Oct 18, 2017

    Its actually a fantastic used car buy. Lexus warranty and levels of service, lots of standards, not a third-world poverty box like the Prius C.

  • JK I grew up with Dodge trucks in the US, and now live in Turin, Italy, the home of Fiat. I don't think Italians view this as an Italian company either. There are constant news articles and protests about how stalantis is moving operations out of Italy. Jeep is strangely popular here though. I think last time I looked at stelantis's numbers, Jeep was the only thing saving them from big big problems.
  • Bd2 Oh yeah, funny how Trumpers (much less the Orange Con, himself) are perfectly willing to throw away the Constitution...
  • Bd2 Geeze, Anal sure likes to spread his drivelA huge problem was Fisher and his wife - who overspent when they were flush with cash and repeatedly did things ad hoc and didn't listen to their employees (who had more experience when it came to auto manufacturing, engineering, etc).
  • Tassos My Colleague Mike B bought one of these (the 300 SEL, same champagne color) new around June 1990. I thought he paid $50k originally but recently he told me it was $62k. At that time my Accord 1990 Coupe LX cost new, all included, $15k. So today the same car means $150k for the S class and $35k-40k for the Accord. So those %0 or 62k , these were NOT worthless, Idiot Joe Biden devalued dollars, so he paid AN ARM AND A LEG. And he babied the car, he really loved it, despite its very weak I6 engine with a mere 177 HP and 188 LBFT, and kept it forever. By the time he asked me to drive it (to take him to the dealer because his worthless POS Buick Rainier "SUV" needed expensive repairs (yes, it was a cheap Buick but he had to shell out thousands), the car needed a lot of suspension work, it drove like an awful clunker. He ended up donating it after 30 years or so. THIS POS is no different, and much older. Its CHEAPSKATE owner should ALSO donate it to charity instead of trying to make a few measly bucks off its CARCASS. Pathetic!
  • RHD The re-paint looks like it was done with a four-inch paintbrush. As far as VWs go, it's a rebadged Seat... which is still kind of a VW, made in Mexico from a Complete Knock-Down kit. 28 years in Mexico being driven like a flogged mule while wearing that ridiculous rear spoiler is a tough life, but it has actually survived... It's unique (to us), weird, funky (very funky), and certainly not worth over five grand plus the headaches of trying to get it across the border and registered at the local DMV.